Author Archives: Cathy

Wordless Wednesday: Opened Wide


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In a Vase on Monday: a Small Success Story

This may not be the prettiest of vases, but it is nevertheless very much a Small Success Story: a vase of zinnias. My first vase of zinnias! It could have been a slightly fuller vase, but I didn’t want to … Continue reading

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Precious drops

After weeks without, The ground is dry And unforgiving, Plants parched And gasping For relief. Guilty watering Barely Wets their lips; This humanitarian gesture, This act of pity, Is sadly too late For some And it will be The strong … Continue reading

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Making a Mockery

I have always said that the Golfer and I make a good team so when one is thinking about how to introduce new roses to the garden a mock-up or ‘mockery’ is just the thing (the Golfer doesn’t like me … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Open Wide…

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In a Vase on Monday: Days of Future Passed

I thought I was planning a ‘blue’ vase today with a few touches of purple, but as it turned out the purples and pinks outweighed the blues so a reference to the Moody Blues in the title seemed less appropriate; … Continue reading

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Musings and Amusings

The roses were so wonderful in June and mostly (other than Rambling Rector) still are, apart from looking rather washed out in the endless heat, and as I talked to visitors at our Sunday opening I found myself deciding that … Continue reading

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